Officials at the Private Label Manufacturers Association are getting excited about the online launch of PLMA Live! Presents Private Label Week, slated for Feb. 1 to 5, as an answer to its annual and extremely popular Private Label Trade Show that was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peggy Davies, president of the New York-based trade association, with about 4,000 members worldwide, talked with Store Brands about the virtual event and how retailers and suppliers can best benefit from it.
Store Brands: What’s going on in the private label world during the worst economic moment of all time and what is the industry doing to respond?
Peggy Davies: There’s no question the coronavirus pandemic here in the U.S. and around the world has had tremendous and far-reaching impact throughout the private label industry, as it has for practically every aspect of life in 2020. Everyone experienced at once the changes and disruptions of emergency health and safety measures that had to be taken into account in our workplaces and production, our sourcing, transportation, distribution and basic ways of doing business to keep supply chains moving in spite of these disruptions, and to help retailers replenish the inventories in their stores while responding to radical shifts in consumer demands.